“My involvement with Maurits began when I trained with him and competed in Belguim and Ermelo on his horse during April this year. He has previously lunged Corazon Gran and was kind enough to travel to Germany to lunge for my training sessions in preparation for the Worlds. My bond with ‘Crozzie’ began five weeks before Worlds, where I trained with him three times per week.
“I love being around Maurits; he has great skill and experience with horses and is honest and funny and always relaxed. We often share jokes and he would always be able to make me laugh just before I ran into the ring. One thing I will never forget is right before I ran into the ring in Herning he said to me that I need to sparkle, otherwise all the attention would be drawn to him! From then on, we become known as ‘Spiff and Sparkle’ because he always looks so spiffy and stylish when he lunges.”
Ginger says experience gleaned from her time preparing for and competing at the World Championships taught her to simply to do what is best for herself when it comes to elite competition. “I am someone who enjoys my own creative space and it has become clearer to me that it is imperative to stay in that zone. I have learnt to respect my own personal boundaries and needs in order to be the best that I can be. Competing at this major championship also helped me realise the standard that is required for this level of vaulting and how much improvement I have left in me to get to where I want to be.”
Since Herning, Ginger has returned home to Picton, NSW, where her family run Wellington Park Equestrian and her mother, Georgie, is her regular lunger. “It’s so good to be home! The rest of this year I plan to focus on our younger horses, especially my new horse whom I am very excited to start working and training with. I plan on supporting our Australian juniors and sharing my skills through coaching. I’d like to take the time to give back to the growth of the sport here in Australia.
Vaulting isn’t an Olympic sport, and as such Paris is not on the radar. However, the FEI Vaulting World Championships for Young Vaulters (18-21 years old) will take place in Flyinge, Sweden next year – and this event is on Ginger’s list of goals, alongside CHIO Aachen CVI3* and then the FEI World Championships (for seniors) in 2026.
Not just a vaulting enthusiast, Ginger also loves the sport of eventing and plans to compete in that discipline towards the end of the year and into the new year. “It has been heavenly to be back on my horse! Everything is in full swing here at home, and I am very excited see what the future holds for me and my horses.” EQ
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